Despite the country’s complete ban on tobacco sales, tobacco use remains high among 13 to 17-year-olds, who constitute 9.4 percent of the population.
At 29.3 percent, Bhutan also has the highest share of adolescents using other tobacco products, followed by Timor-Leste (27.1 percent) and Thailand (14 percent).
According to the report, while most countries in the region legally restrict supply including sale of tobacco to people under a certain age, consumption remains high among those aged 13-17 throughout Southeast Asia.
Almost one in 10 adolescents in the 13–17 age-group years in the region smoked cigarettes.
What’s more, the age of tobacco initiation is decreasing in Southeast Asia.